Is a Basset Hound the best pet dog or puppy to suit your lifestyle.

Basset Hound

Choosing a Basset Hound as your pet dog or puppy:--

General Description

A large, solid hound with a calm placid nature. It is friendly,outgoing, but gentle and loving. When young ethey are full of energy and tend to get into mischief. With firm and consistent discipline, these dogs make well-mannered and much loved family members.
Suitable Owners

Patient easy-going people who can provide the necessary discipline to enable them to enjoy these friendly colourful canine characters, with the very solemn look, to the full.

Originally used for tracking, particularly Badgers.Also for hunting Rabbits and Hares.
Dog Group - Kennel Club:

Hound group

Smooth short.

Very little grooming required, but enjoy a bit of pampering.
Average Height:

33-38 cm. 13-15 ins.
Average Weight:

18-27 kg. 40-60 lbs.

Usually tricoloured, black, white and tan.
(can occasionally be bi-coloured, lemon and white)


Affectionate, friendly but sometimes independent dog making an ideal family pet. Good with children and other pets, friendly to strangers and unfamiliar dogs.

Medium but steady exercise requirement.
Average Lifespan: 

10 - 12 yrs.
Possible Disadvantages

Heavy jowls may cause dribling. Low slung body may soil carpets and furniture.

Potential Health Concerns

May be prone to eye infections having droopy lower eyelids.
Elbow displacement and possible spinal problems.
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